BIG Little Library Christmas Book Flood

On Saturday 30th November, our multi award-winning community venture The BIG Little Library again gave away brand new books for Christmas.

The campaign was in conjunction with BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and Belle Vale shopping centre in Liverpool. We also had 100's of nearly new books which were kindly donated by the former Ticket to Read Project in Woolton Village.

The BIG Little Library is the multi award-winning community venture by Gateacre School in Liverpool. The idea for the library came about from a simple idea; wanting to help improve literacy within the community.

In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cosy does that sound? The Christmas tradition, known as Jolabokaflod, which means ‘Christmas Book Flood’ a tradition that dates back to World War Two when foreign imports were restricted but paper was relatively inexpensive.

BookTrust, the UK's largest children's reading charity, has donated hundreds of brand new children’s books of all ages to The BIG Little Library initiative, in order to support and encourage reading in the local community.

Lisa Mitchell, who heads up The BIG Little Library explains: “The books are for all ages, from babies up to young adults, and we hope that not only will this event help ease the monetary pressure of Christmas, but it will also start a tradition with families and friends to give and receive books at Christmas and spread the love of Reading for Pleasure. This is the second time we will be holding a Book Flood, and myself and the Gateacre students can’t wait to spread some Christmas cheer again and get as many children as possible excited about reading this festive season.”

Belle Vale Shopping Centre have kindly given the BIG Little Library a second shop unit to hold the Book Flood. It will be held in the old Perfect Home shop, next door to the Café in the centre of the shopping mall.

In total just over 1800 books were given away. This now brings the total amount of books given away by The BIG Little Library to over 87,000 books!